Attendees at the Main Street Brazil meeting Thursday agreed to postpone elections until their May 12 meeting so that a nomination committee can find local persons interested in the nine positions available.
A few people expressed interest in filling some of the positions in the Main Street board of directors. Mayor Tom Arthur said the nomination committee will consider these people for the open positions first, but anyone who is interested can still apply for positions.
The meeting began with Arthur saying, "I'm happy to see some of the new faces." He introduced himself and then asked each person in attendance to identify themselves. In total, 15 people attended the meeting.
Both Arthur and City Engineer Brian Pohlar said they expected more people to attend the meeting.
"The whole goal of the Main Street organization is to work on the town area," he said. Main Street will help bring new businesses in and new customers to downtown Brazil.
He explained to the group what Main Street was about and where it was going. Then he opened up the floor for nominations, but no nominations were made for 30 minutes. During this time, most of the 15 people at the meeting just shared why they want to be involved and some of their goals for Brazil.
Attendees began discussing not-for-profit status and applying for a 501c3 grant. Arthur said he has heard "horror stories" about applying for these grants and the time it takes for them to take affect.
The group discussed the possibility of Main Street being a sub group in a large organization in Brazil that has already received 501c3 status so they can move forward faster.
At one point, Arthur sat down a chair at the table with the rest of the attendees in the basement of Riddell Bank and said, "I'm to a point now where I'm ready to go forward." He then asked for nominations or what the group thought the best plan of action was.
Brazil Housing Authority Director Michael Hagemeyer told the group, "I'd like to move this forward," saying the group should appoint a nominating committee.
Allstate Agent Ted Paris said, "I would agree we need a nominating committee." Paris said he thought a committee would be a good start to moving forward with the elections and the future of the group.
Main Street Brazil will not meet at its next regularly scheduled meeting April 28. They will meet again 7 p.m. May 12 in the basement of Riddell Bank at which time the nomination committee will present its findings.